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"There's not much to say -- we're national champs," Hansbrough said. "It's the best feeling in the world. When I come back and watch these games here at the Smith Center, I'll always look up there and remember this team and what we were able to accomplish this year."
Added Frasor: "This is a storybook ending, and I couldn't ask for more."
Earlier, Williams met with a handful of reporters at the team hotel before leaving Detroit and said he doesn't have a timetable for when juniors Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington will decide if they will go to the NBA.
Though he hasn't spoken to them about the decision, the coach has an idea what they will do, but "not with the conviction that I had last time" when four underclassmen opted for the NBA after winning the 2005 title.
Williams said he got to bed around 5 a.m. but had so much going through his mind that he just stared at the clock until finally going to sleep around 6:30. Ninety minutes later, he was back up and doing phone interviews and getting ready to return home.
"I told the kids in '05 and last night that North Carolina basketball is Michael Jordan, Phil Ford, Coach Smith," Williams said. "And in '05, I said, 'But now North Carolina basketball is going to be you guys forever.' And that's what I told these guys last night. So that satisfaction of being involved and part of that group is something that you can't take away."
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